Stars of the British Screen: From the Thirties to the Present Day

A British Film Year Exhibition sponsored by Kodak and The Observer

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston,
Lancashire: October 12th – November 16th, 1985

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place, London: December 13th, 1985 – March 2nd, 1986

Royal Photographic Society: Milson Street, Bath: March 8th – May 17th, 1986

Press Release

British Film Year presents an exhibition of some 150 photographic portraits of stars of the British screen, exploring the particular qualities of magic and magnetism that made British films unique. It is jointly organised by British Film Year and the National Portrait Gallery, with contributions from Philip French of The Observer.

The glamorous studio portraits of the Thirties and Forties present British stars who were the idols of millions throughout the world: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, James Mason, Margaret Lockwood. With the Fifties and Sixties new generations of stars emerged to increase the British impact on the international scene: Audrey Hepburn, Richard Burton, Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Caine. In the Seventies and Eighties the influence of more recent show business developments such as pop is apparent in the glittering images of stars including Elton John, David Bowie and Sting, while the splendid recent revival of British films is represented by today’s stars such as Jenny Agutter, Julie Walters, Ben Kingsley and Rupert Everett. The exhibition will also bring out the importance of British film genres such as the Ealing comedies and the Hammer horror films.

Where possible, original prints are being used, often studio portraits by photographers whose influence on creating the ‘star aura’ has been considerable: Paul Tanqueray, Angus McBean, Cecil Beaton, Karsh, Norman Parkinson, Lord Snowdon and many more. Other prints have been made from original negatives. Sources that have generously provided material apart from the National Portrait Gallery include the BFI, the Kobal Collection, the Royal Photographic Society and Pinewood and Elstree Studios. All exhibits have been framed by the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

Postscript

The British Film Year

The British Film Year was organised by film distributors and exhibitors in the UK and was designed to reverse the dramatic decline in cinema audiences. The Stars of the British Screen touring exhibition organised by Lynda Smith, assistant to David Puttnam and staff at the National Portrait Gallery was one of a number of events that ran in the period from April 1985 to March 1986. Others included the release of commemorative film star stamps and the inauguration of a Hollywood-style ‘Walk of Fame’ in London’s West End for which Omar Sharif, Charlton Heston, John Mills and Anna Neagle left their handprints in wet cement outside the Leicester Square Theatre. The British Film Year was a hugely successful marketing campaign and by the end of 1985 cinema audiences in the UK had increased by 35%.

Exhibition Catalogue

Although no catalogue of the exhibition was published as such, another publication by John Russell Taylor and John Kobal entitled, Portraits of the British Cinema: 60 Glorious Years was published in a paperback edition by the National Portrait Gallery to serve as catalogue and had considerable pictorial overlap.

The Launch

At the opening of Stars of the British Screen at the National Portrait Gallery, Norman Parkinson photographed those actors, actresses and directors who attended the launch, including Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Roland Joffe, Richard Lester, Nicolas Roeg, Peter O’Toole, Jeremy Irons, Nigel Havers, Julie Walters and Sylvia Syms. A second portrait was made by Parkinson of the photographers of the 'Stars of the British Screen', including David Steen, John Jayes, Michael Birt, Davis Boulton, Jane Bown, Paul Tanqueray, Brian Aris and Denis Waugh. These group portraits are now part of the collection at the Gallery (NPG x126889, NPG x126895 and NPG x127320).

Hand list*

*Please note: sitter’s biographical dates have been updated from the original hand list.

THE 1930s

 

ELIZABETH ALLAN, 1908-1990
By Dorothy Wilding, 1930s
Private collection

 

ELISABETH BERGNER, 1900-1986
In ‘As you Like It’, 1936
By Harold Saunders
National Film Archive, London

x34549

MADELEINE CARROLL, 1906-1986
In ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’, 1937
By Ted Allan
National Portrait Gallery

x21555

RONALD COLMAN, 1891-1958
In ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, 1935
By Ted Allan
National Portrait Gallery

 

THE CRAZY GANG
(BUD FLANAGAN; JIMMY NERVO; TEDDY KNOX; CHARLIE NAUGHTON; JIMMY GOLD)
In ‘Alf’s Button Afloat’, 1938
Photographer unknown
National Film Archive, London

 

CONSTANCE CUMMINGS, 1910-2005
In ‘Strangers on a Honeymoon, 1936
Photographer unknown
Kobal Collection

x34512

GRACIE FIELDS, 1899-1979
In ‘This Week of Grace’, 1933
By Cyril Stanborough
National Film Archive, London

 

GREER GARSON, 1908-1996
In ‘Goodbye Mr. Chips’, 1939
By Davis Boulton
National Portrait Gallery

x34546

CARY GRANT, 1904-1986
By Ted Allan, 1936
National Portrait Gallery

x24967

WILL HAY, 1888-1949
In ‘Hey, Hey, USA’, 1938
By Fred Carter
National Film Archive, London

x34528

LESLIE HOWARD, 1893-1943
In ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, 1934
By Tunbridge
The Kobal Collection

x27872

JACK HULBERT, 1892-1978
and CICELY COURTNEIDGE, 1893-1980
Photographer unknown, 1936
Private collection

x34613

ELSA LANCHESTER, 1902-1986
By Ernest Bachrach, 1930s
National Portrait Gallery

x21558

CHARLES LAUGHTON, 1899-1962
In ‘The Private Life of Henry VIII’, 1933
By Tunbridge
National Film Archive, London

x34545

EVELYN LAYE, 1900-1996
In ‘The Night is Young’, 1934
By Clarence Sinclair Bull
The Kobal Collection

x34531

VIVIEN LEIGH, 1913-1967
and LAURENCE OLIVIER, 1907-1989
In ‘Fire of Over England’, 1937
By Tunbridge
National Film Archive, London

 

HERBERT MARSHALL, 1890-1966
and EDNA BEST, 1900-1974
By Paul Tanqueray, 1931
National Portrait Gallery

 

JESSIE MATTHEWS, 1907-1981
In ‘The Good Companions’, 1933
Photographer unknown
Natioanl Film Archive, London

 

RAY MILLAND, 1905-1986
By George Hurrell, c. 1935
The Kobal Collection

 

MERLE OBERON, 1911-1979
In ‘The Private Life of Don Juan’, 1934
By Tunbridge
The Kobal Collection

x34532

LILLI PALMER, 1914-1986
In ‘A Girl Must Live’, 1939
By Anthony Buckley
The Kobal Collection

x34529

NOVA PILBEAM, b. 1919
By Otto Dyar, 1937
The Kobal Collection

 

SIR RALPH RICHARDSON, 1902-1983
By Davis Boulton, 1938
The Kobal Collection

 

GOOGIE WITHERS, b. 1917
In ‘Convict 99’, 1938
Photographer unknown
The Kobal Collection

x34526

THE 1940s

 

RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, b. 1923
In ‘Brighton Rock’, 1948
By Davis Boulton
National Film Archive London

 

‘BLITHE SPIRIT’, 1945
By Wilfrid Newton
Pinewood Studios

 

PETULA CLARK, b. 1932
In ‘Here Come the Huggetts’, 1948
By Cyril Stanborough/ Pinewood Studios

x34556

PHYLLIS CALVERT, 1915-2002
In ‘The Young Mr. Pitt’, 1942
By Ted Reed
National Film Archive, London

 

GEORGE FORMBY, 1904-1961
In ‘Bell Bottom George’, 1943
Photographer unknown
National Film Archive, London

x34611

STEWART GRANGER, 1913-1993
In ‘Saraband for Dead Lovers’, 1948
By Jack Dooley
National Film Archive, London

 

JOAN GREENWOOD, 1921-1987
In ‘The Man Within’, 1947
By John Jay
The Kobal Collection

x34551

ALEC GUINNESS, 1914-2000
with VALERIE HOBSON
in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’, 1949
By Bob Penn
Courtesy of the photographer

x88518

WENDY HILLER, 1912-2003
In ‘Major Barbara’, 1941
By Davis Boulton
The Kobal Collection

x34566

STANLEY HOLLOWAY, 1890-1982
In ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, 1947
By Jack Dooley
National Film Archive, London

 

CELIA JOHNSON, 1908-1982
and TREVOR HOWARD, b. 1916
In ‘Brief Encounter’, 1945
By Max Rosher
Pinewood Studios

 

GLYNIS JOHNS, b. 1923
In ‘Miranda’, 1948
By Bert Cann
National Film Archive, London

x34362

BORIS KARLOFF, 1887-1969
By Karsh, 1946
National Museum of Photography Film
and Television, Bradford

P318

DEBORAH KERR, 1921-2007
In ‘Black Narcissus’, 1947
By Max Rosher
National Film Archive, London

 

JEAN KENT, b. 1921
In ‘Madonna of the Seven Moons’,
1944
By Ted Reed
National Film Archive, London

x34511

VIVIEN LEIGH, 1913-1967
In ‘Caesar and Cleopatra’, 1946
By Wilfrid Newton
National Film Archive, London

 

MARGARET LOCKWOOD, 1919-1990
In ‘Wicked Lady’, 1945
By Ted Reed
Pinewood Studios

 

HERBERT LOM, b. 1917
In ‘Dual Alibi’, 1947
By Frank Buckingham
National Film Archive, London

 

JAMES MASON, 1909-1984
In ‘Odd Man Out’, 1947
By Dennis Reed
National Film Archive, London

 

‘A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH’, 1945
(MARIUS GORING)
By Eric Gray
Pinewood Studios

 

JOHN MILLS, 1908-2005 and JULIET MILLS, b. 1941
In ‘Great Expectations’, 1946
By Ian Jeayes
National Film Archive, London

 

ROBERT NEWTON, 1905-1956
In ‘Major Barbara’, 1941
By Davis Boulton
The Kobal Collection

x27867

LAURENCE OLIVIER, 1907-1989
In ‘Hamlet’, 1949
By Harry Gillard
National Film Archive, London

 

ERIC PORTMAN, 1903-1968
In ‘The Mark of Caine’, 1947
By Bert Cann
National Film Archive, London

 

DENNIS PRICE, 1915-1973
In ‘The Bad Lord Byron’, 1948
By John Jay
National Film Archive, London

 

SIR MICHAEL REDGRAVE, 1908-1985
In ‘The Way to the Stars’, 1945
By Charles Trigg
Pinewood Studios

x34525

‘THE RED SHOES’, 1948
By George Cannons
Joel Finler Collection

 

DAME FLORA ROBSON, 1902-1984
In ‘Saraband for Dead Lovers’, 1948
By Jack Dooley
National Film Archive, London

 

PATRICIA ROC, 1918-2003
At the time of ‘Jassy’, 1947
By Ted Reed
National Film Archive, London

x34510

ALASTAIR SIM, 1900-1976
In ‘Green for Danger’, 1946
By Arthur Evans
National Film Archive, London

x28060

JEAN SIMMONS, 1929-2010
In ‘Hamlet’, 1949
By Wilfrid Newton
National Film Archive, London

 

ANN TODD, 1909-1993
At the time of ‘The Seventh Veil’, 1945
By Paul Tanqueray
National Portrait Gallery

x26333

JACK WARNER, 1894-1981
and KATHLEEN HARRISON, 1892-1995
In ‘Here Come the Huggetts’, 1948
By Cyril Stanborough
National Film Archive, London

x34610

MICHAEL WILDING, 1912-1979 and ANNA NEAGLE, b. 1904-1986
In ‘Spring in Park Lane’, 1949
By George Higgins
National Film Archive, London

 

DIANA WYNYARD, 1906-1964
In ‘An Ideal Husband’, 1947
By Sir Cecil Beaton
National Film Archive, London

x40402

THE 1950s

 

SIR STANLEY BAKER, 1928-1976
By Cornel Lucas, 1955
National Portrait Gallery

x23300

CLAIRE BLOOM, b. 1931
By Paul Tanqueray, 1956
National Portrait Gallery

x7253

 

DIRK BOGARDE, 1921-1999
At the time of ‘Libel’, 1959
By George Courtney Ward
Pinewood Studios

x34516

RICHARD BURTON 1925-1984
In ‘Look Back in Anger’, 1959
By Bob Penn
Thorn EMI Elstree Studios

x27865

IAN CARMICHAEL, 1920-2010
In ‘School for Scoundrels’, 1959
By Bob Penn
Thorn EMI Elstree Studios

x34517

JOAN COLLINS, b. 1933
By Cornel Lucas, 1951
Pinewood Studios

x27871

ROBERT DONAT, 1905-1958
In ‘The Magic Box’, 1951
By James Jarché
The Royal Photographic Society, Bath

 

DIANA DORS, 1931-1984
In ‘Yield to the Night’, 1955
By Frank Buckingham
Thorn EMI Elstree Studios

 

PETER FINCH, 1916-1977
In ‘The Shiralee’, 1957
By Roy Gough
Thorn EMI Elstree Studios

x34026

‘GENEVIEVE’, 1953
By Harry Gillard
Pinewood Studios

 

JOYCE GRENFELL, 1910-1979
By James Jarché, c. 1955
The Royal Photographic Society, Bath

 

LAURENCE HARVEY, 1929-1973
By Cornel Lucas, 1953
National Portrait Gallery

x23304

JACK HAWKINS, 1910-1973
In ‘League of Gentlemen’, 1959
By Ian Jeayes
Pinewood Studios

x34524

AUDREY HEPBURN, 1929-1993
By Angus McBean, 1950
The Royal Photographic Society, Bath

P1295

JAMES ROBERTSON JUSTICE, 1905-1975
In ‘Rob Roy the Highland Rogue’, 1953
Photographer unknown
National Film Archive, London

x34530

KAY KENDALL, 1926-1959
In ‘Genevieve’, 1953
By Harry Gillard
Pinewood Studios

 

‘THE LADYKILLERS’, 1955
(ALEC GUINNESS; HERBERT LOM; DANNY GREEN; KATIE JANE JOHNSON; CECIL PARKER; PETER SELLERS)
By Hal Hanscomb
National Film Archive, London

x88519

MARGARET LEIGHTON, 1922-1976
In ‘The Astonished Heart’, 1950
By Wilfrid Newton
The Kobal Collection

x34529

VIRGINIA MCKENNA, b. 1931
By Cornel Lucas, c. 1954
The Kobal Collection

x27888

KENNETH MORE, 1914-1982
In ‘Reach for the Sky’, 1956
By Charles Trigg
Pinewood Studios

x34536

ROBERT MORLEY, 1908-1992
In ‘The Doctor’s Dilema’, 1959
Photographer unknown
Joel Finler Collection

 

DAVID NIVEN, 1909-1983
By Cornel Lucas, 1954
Courtesy of the photographer

x8770

ANTHONY QUAYLE, 1913-1989
In ‘Woman in a Dressing Gown’, 1957
By Bob Penn
National Film Archive, London

 

ELIZABETH TAYLOR, 1932-2011
By Norman Parkinson, 1950s
Courtesy of the photographer

x34522

RICHARD TODD, 1919-2009
By Frank Buckingham, c. 1950
Pinewood Studios

x34540

PETER USTINOV, 1921-2004
In ‘Quo Vadis’, 1951
By Davis Boulton
The Kobal Collection

 

NORMAN WISDOM, 1915-2010
In ‘The Bulldog Breed’, 1960
By Albert Clarke
Pinewood Studios

x34612

RONALD COLMAN, 1891-1958
In ‘A Tale of Two Cities’, 1935
By Ted Allan
National Portrait Gallery

P239

HERBERT MARSHALL, 1890-1966
and EDNA BEST, 1900-1974
By Paul Tanqueray, 1931
National Portrait Gallery

x180193

THE 1960s

 

JULIE ANDREWS, b. 1935
By Sir Cecil Beaton, 1959
Sotheby’s, London

 

ALAN BATES, 1934-2003
In ‘Whistle Down the Wind’, 1961
Photographer unknown
Pinewood Studios

x34537

JACQUELINE BISSET, b. 1944
In ‘Two for the Road’, 1967
Photographer unknown
Joel Finler Collection

x126897

MICHAEL CAINE, b. 1933
In ‘The Ipcress File’, 1965
By George Courtney Ward
The Rank Organisation

x34533

SIR CHARLES CHAPLIN, 1889-1977
By Snowdon, 1964
Courtesy of the photographer

 

JULIE CHRISTIE, b. 1941
In ‘Petulia’, 1967
By Bob Willoughby
National Portrait Gallery

x24933

SEAN CONNERY, b. 1930
In ‘Dr. No’, 1962
By Bert Cann
EON Productions Ltd.

x34555

TOM COURTENAY, b. 1937
In ‘Billy Liar!’, 1963
Photographer unknown
Pinewood Studios

x34514

EDITH EVANS, 1888- 1976
In ‘Tom Jones’, 1962
By Dennis Reed
National Film Archive, London

x34521

ALBERT FINNEY, b. 1936
At the time of ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’, 1960
By Lewis Morley
National Portrait Galley

P512(10)

JAMES FOX, b. 1939
and DIRK BOGARDE, 1921-1999
In ‘The Servant’, 1963
By Norman Hargood
The Kobal Collection

x34523

RICHARD HARRIS, 1930-2002
In ‘This Sporting Life’, 1963
By George Courtney Ward
Pinewood Studios

x34544

HAYLEY MILLS, b. 1946
At the time of ‘Pollyana’, 1960
By Bob Willoughby
National Portrait Gallery

x24936

PETER O’TOOLE, b. 1932
By Bob Willoughby, 1962
National Portrait Gallery

x8344

VANESSA REDGRAVE, b. 1937
In ‘Isadora’, 1969
By Norman Parkinson
National Portrait Gallery

x24964

OLIVER REED, 1938-1999
By Bob Willoughby, 1966
National Portrait Gallery

x24937

CLIFF RICHARD, b. 1940
At the time of ‘Expresso Bongo’, 1960
By Cornel Lucas
National Portrait Gallery

x23307

RACHEL ROBERTS, 1927-1980
In ‘Saturday Night and Sunday
Morning’, 1960
By Roy Gough
Pinewood Studios

x27868

PETER SELLERS, 1925-1980
In ‘A Shot in the Dark’, 1964
By Bill Brandt
National Portrait Gallery

x22474

ROBERT SHAW, 1927-1978
In ‘The Caretaker’, 1963
Photographer unknown
Joel Finler Collection

 

TERENCE STAMP, b. 1940
In ‘Billy Budd’, 1962
By Frank Buckingham
Thorn EMI

x27870

TERRY-THOMAS, 1911-1990
In ‘Make Mine Mink’, 1960
By Albert Clarke
National Film Archive, London

x28062

RITA TUSHINGHAM, b. 1942
In ‘The Knack’, 1965
By David James
The Kobal Collection

x34535

Wilfred Hyde-White, 1903-1991
In ‘The Two-Way Stretch’, 1960
By Norman Hargood
Private collection

x34518

SUSANNAH YORK, 1942-2011
By Sir Cecil Beaton, 1960
Sotheby’s London

x14249

THE 1970s AND 1980s

 

JENNY AGUTTER, b. 1952
In ‘The Railway Children’, 1970
By Snowdon
Courtesy of the Photographer

x76155

PEGGY ASHCROFT, 1907-1991
In ‘A Passage to India’. 1984
By Frank Connor
Joel Finler Collection

x126901

DAVID BOWIE, b. 1947
In ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, 1975
By David James
Thorn EMI

 

‘CARRY ON AT YOUR CONVENIENCE’, 1971
By Albert Clarke
The Rank Organisation

x34576

PETER COOK, 1937-1995 and DUDLEY MOORE 1935-2002
By Terry O’Neill, 1975
Courtesy of the photographer

x34136

RUPERT EVERETT, b. 1959
In ‘Another Country’, 1984
By Gered Mankowitz (art direction by
Rob O’Connor)
Virgin Films

x76156

MARTY FELDMAN, 1933-1982
In ‘Young Frankenstein’, 1974
By Terry O’Neill
Courtesy of the photographer

x34558

THE FOUR KINGS OF HORROR
(CHRISTOPHER FRANK CARANDINI LEE; VINCENT PRICE; JOHN CARRADINE; PETER CUSHING)
By Terry O’Neill, 1983
Courtesy of the photographer

x28064

SUSAN GEORGE, b. 1950
By Brian Aris, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

x34562

SUZANNA HAMILTON, b. 1960
By Alastair Thain, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

x36070

ANTHONY HOPKINS, b. 1937
By Patrick Jackson, 1985
National Portrait Gallery

x34564

BOB HOSKINS, b. 1942
In ‘The Cotton Club’, 1983
By Adger W. Cowan/ Astoria Studios

x31047

JOHN HURT, b. 1940
By John Swannell, 1977
National Portrait Gallery

x34563

JEREMY IRONS, b. 1948
By Snowdon, 1981
Courtesy of the photographer

x27864

GLENDA JACKSON, b. 1936
In ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, 1971
By Terry O’Neill
Courtesy of the photographer

x34557

MICK JAGGER, b. 1943
In ‘Performance’, 1970
By Sir Cecil Beaton
Sotheby’s, London

 

MALCOLM McDOWELL, b. 1943
In ‘A Clockwork Orange’, 1971
Frame still
Warner Bros

x28061

SARAH MILES b. 1941
In ‘Lady Caroline Lamb’, 1972
By Terry O’Neill
Courtesy of the photographer

x34565

HELEN MIRREN, b. 1945
In ‘Hussy’, 1979
By Ken Bray
The Kobal Collection

x34519

MONTY PYTHON
(JOHN CLEESE; GRAHAM CHAPMAN; ERIC IDLE; MICHAEL EDWARD PALIN; TERRY JONES)
In ‘The Meaning of Life’, 1982
By David Appleby
The Monty Python Partnership

x45078

ROGER MOORE, b. 1927
In ‘Octopussy’, 1982
By Frank Connor
EON Productions

x76208

CHARLOTTE RAMPLING, b. 1946
By Helmut Newton, 1973
Courtesy of the photographer

x32395

MIRANDA RICHARDSON, b. 1958
In ‘Dance with a Stranger’, 1984
By Diana Miller
Goldcrest Films

x76158

DIANA RIGG, b. 1938 and MAGGIE SMITH, b. 1934
in ‘Evil Under the Sun’, 1981
By Bob Penn
Thorn EMI

x34554

STING, b. 1951
By Terry O’Neill, 1984
Courtesy of the photographer

x32200

JULIE WALTERS, b. 1950
By Alistair Morrison, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

x27869

MICHAEL YORK, b. 1942
By Pat York, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

x34539

DIRECTORS

 

LINDSAY ANDERSON, 1923-1994
By Alastair Thain, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

P319

HON. ANTHONY ASQUITH, 1902-1968
By James Jarché, 1952
Royal Photographic Society, Bath

 

SIR RICHARD ATTENBOROUGH, b. 1923 and BEN KINGSLEY, b. 1943
By Snowdon, 1982
Courtesy of the photographer

x34553

SIR MICHAEL BALCON, 1896-1977
By Howard Coster, 1936
National Portrait Gallery

x1720

JOHN BOORMAN, b. 1933
By David Steen, 1980
Courtesy of the photographer

x34542

JOHN BOULTING, 1913-1985 and ROY BOULTING, 1913-2001
By Bill Brandt, 1948
National Portrait Gallery

x22407

MURIEL, 1905-1991; SYDNEY, 1907-1983; and BETTY BOX, 1915-1999
Photographer unknown, c. 1950
Pinewood Studios

x35976

BRYAN FORBES, b. 1926
By George Courtney Ward, 1963
National Film Archive, London

x34508

BILL FORSYTH, b. 1946
By Denis Waugh, 1983
Courtesy of the photographer

x7615

PETER GREENAWAY, b. 1942
By Steve Pyke, 1982
Courtesy of the photographer

 

SIR ALFRED HITCHCOCK, 1899-1980
By Davis Boulton, 1938
National Film Archive, London

 

SIR ALFRED HITCHCOCK, 1899-1980
By Howard Coster, 1936
National Portrait Gallery

x3563

HUGH HUDSON, b. 1936

By David Bailey, 1985

Courtesy of the photographer

 

DEREK JARMAN, 1942-1994
By Steve Pyke, 1983
Courtesy of the photographer

x27429

SIR ALEXANDER KORDA, 1893-1956
By Leslie Baker, 1948
National Film Archive, London

 

FRANK LAUNDER, 1907-1997 and SIDNEY GILLIAT, 1908-1994
Photographer unknown, 1951
Private collection

x25248

SIR DAVID LEAN, 1908-1991
By Frank Connor, 1984
Joel Finler Collection

x76157

JOSEPH LOSEY, 1909-1984
By Norman Hargood
National Portrait Gallery

x34509

ALEXANDER MACKENDRICK, 1912-1993
By John Deakin, 1952
Bruce Bernard

x26056

ALAN PARKER, b. 1944
By David Appleby, 1982
Alan Parker Film Company

x34538

MICHAEL POWELL, 1905-1990
By Fred Daniels, 1940s
National Film Archive, London

 

DAVID PUTTNAM, b. 1941
By Irving Penn, 1978
National Portrait Gallery

x34561

J. ARTHUR RANK, 1st BARON RANK, 1888-1972
By Karsh, 1949
National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford

P490(65)

SIR CAROL REED, 1906-1976
By Sir Cecil Beaton, 1938
Sotheby’s London

 

KAREL REISZ, 1926-2002
By Roy Gough, 1960
Joel Finler Collection

 

NICOLAS ROEG, b. 1928
By A.J. [Tony] Barratt, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

x34513

TONY RICHARDSON, 1928-1991
By Roger Mayne, 1960
National Portrait Gallery

x4059

KEN RUSSELL, b. 1927
By Paul Joyce, 1977
National Portrait Gallery

x13434

VICTOR SAVILLE, 1897-1979 and GEORGE ARLISS
on the set of The Iron Duke
Photographer unknown, 1934
National Film Archive, London

x34571

JOHN SCHLESINGER, 1926-2003
By Michael Birt, 1983
National Portrait Gallery

x23478

RIDLEY SCOTT, b. 1937
By Alastair Thain, 1985
Courtesy of the photographer

x36072

HERBERT WILCOX, 1892-1977
Photographer unknown, 1932
National Film Archive, London

 

MICHAEL WINNER, b. 1935
By John Seakwood, 1985
Scimitar Films Ltd.

x34543

Press cuttings

“Glamorous studio portraits of the 1930s and 1940s to today’s glittering images of pop stars.”
The Times, December 7th, 1985 p. 22

 “...rediscover some forgotten photographers, like the mysterious Tunbridge, the elegant Paul Tanqueray or the versatile Davis Boulton[...], who fully deserve another spell in the limelight, and observe the happy and productive involvement of today’s grandees like Lord Snowdon and Norman Parkinson with the British cinema, even if for only one film or star at a time.”
—John Russell Taylor: The Times, December 24th, 1985 p. 11

“A thoroughly entertaining exhibition consisting entirely of evocative portraits of British movie faces. I enjoyed Burton trying to the look like Brando.”
—Waldemar Januszczak: The Guardian, January 15th, 1986 p. 8